The Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, 2 December 2011 – 18 February 2012
This exhibition at the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle explores the work of the 19th century neoclassical sculptor born at Greenhead, County Durham. John Graham Lough is responsible for the Collingwood monument at Tynemouth and the Stephenson monument in Newcastle city centre. Focusing on a newly conserved group of sculptures that were donated to the Hatton by the 3rd Duke of Northumberland, the exhibition also features loans from public and private collections including the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the V&A, Alnwick Castle, Laing Art Gallery and Northumberland Archives.
The image above shows a painting by Ralph Hedley, John Graham Lough In His Studio, which chronicles the creation of Lough’s sculpture Milo which caused a sensation in London at the time. Encumbered by a ceiling in his poor lodgings, Lough dismantled the offending partition so he could carry on working to finish his sculpture; the lawyer summoned by the house owner to start legal proceedings against Lough repeated what he’d seen to his peers in society. The news spread quickly, and the street where Lough rented his rooms filled with the carriages of curious gentry.